Ballin' on a Budget: 7 Homemade Gifts for the Holidays
You're gearing up for one of the biggest and most expensive holidays of the year. While fretting over what to get every Tom, Dick and Harry, you're simultaneously budgeting your finances. Pause! Take a deep breath and take the Suzie Homemaker route.Yes, of course your friends would love to get a giftcard from MAC or those new stilettos from Aldo, but you wallet is screaming, "Chick, please!" Luckily for you, there are some really adorable, stylish and heartwarming gifts that you can create for a very low cost. Most importantly, they're stylish and can be easily personalized.
Check out the classic and cutest gifts you can make right at home this year!
Don't think that something as simple as a tree ornament can't be appreciated. Grandparents, especially, love this bit of decorative love and adore the time you take making it. Personalizing it as a vintage piece or adding childhood memories is the key here! Glitter a glass ball, make it sparkle, add a dash of nostalgia, box it and add a bow! Thee perfect holiday treat for your older fam!
Paillette Flower Headband
Sequins and a stylish headpiece? That's a winning combination, Vixens! Make one for a close friend or even a young family member. It'll add pop to any 2012 'fit! (via Martha Stewart)
You've probably made these a time or three since elementary school, but I'm an advocate for freezing moments in time. A picture is worth a 1000 words and you can never say enough. Finding frames in a store or making your own out of scratch, capture the year's greatest moments and it could bring a tear to any bestie's eyes.
This screams "For Mom" gift! If you're into scents and earthy fragrances, this could even be a fun project for you. Simply dry out flowers and leaves, purchase a few oils to add extra kick to the smell and place it in an appropriate container. So cute and refreshing for the holidays!
Shopping for a sister, daughter, or friend who has everything can be quite a challenge, especially when trying to stay within your holiday budget. The solution to both dilemmas is handcrafting your own thoughtful gifts. Here are our favorite ideas; we're certain there's something for everyone on your list. Use sleek silhouettes to turn a modest bag into an artful gift. (via Martha Stewart)
Dip Dyed Candles
Dip the base of a candle in beeswax tinted with crayon shavings for a simple, but elegant holiday gift. (via Martha Stewart)
These are perfect gifts for associates and co-workers (yes, you should spread holiday cheer to your boss)! Place all the fixing of a delicious cupcake into a mug and serve 'em up to your cubicle mates. They'll love you even more in 2012!